Operating modern and fuel-efficient aircraft has always been central to Emirates’ business model.
This ongoing, multi-billion dollar investment, is Emirates’ biggest commitment not only to passenger comfort, but also to reducing our environmental impact.
We fly one of the youngest wide-body aircraft fleets with an average age of 9.1 years, considerably lower than the industry average. Our new-generation Airbus A350 and Boeing aircraft will also provide greater fuel efficiency as they join our fleet starting 2024 and 2025 respectively.
Under the governance of a cross-functional Operations Efficiency Steering Group, we actively implement ways to reduce unnecessary fuel burn and emissions, while maintaining the highest safety standards.
Emirates has taken a significant step forward with the successful implementation of Green Standard Operating Procedures (Green SOPs) by our pilots, a result of a multi-faceted approach involving education, awareness, data analytics and technology.
Our Green SOPs include measures such as: using reduced engine taxi, idle reverse, prudent judgement on extra fuel, optimised flap landing, inflight speed management to minimise fuel burn, and use of direct routing opportunities. In 2022-23, Green SOPs and other operating initiatives helped to reduce fuel burn by more than 50,000 tonnes and carbon emissions by over 160,000 tonnes.
Emirates has a robust fuel monitoring system and uses advanced data analytics to optimise the uplifting of fuel and potable water, and to load aircraft at the optimal centre of gravity. Our pilots are empowered with the latest technology and tools to monitor and review their flight performance, improving their awareness of how their flying techniques impact fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
We support initiatives that contribute to the deployment of SAF and actively engage with the rapidly developing SAF industry.
In January 2023, we completed a milestone demonstration flight of a Boeing 777-300ER powered with 100% SAF in one engine.
The first such initiative in the MENA region, this contributes to collective industry data and efforts to enable a future of 100% SAF flying.
Emirates has also contributed to:
We have invested in solar power systems to generate clean electricity at our major facilities. In Dubai, this includes the Emirates Engine Maintenance Centre, Emirates Flight Catering, the Emirates Sevens Stadium, and our new pilot training centre, which will open in 2024.
Our current installations generate over 9,000 MWh of renewable electricity annually, saving about 4 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions.
We comply with a growing number of regulations and other commitments related to emissions and other environmental concerns.
Industry: We participate in the following industry and regulatory environmental working groups:
Suppliers: We engage with suppliers on sustainability, including on carbon emissions reductions. Key suppliers include OEMs (aircraft and engine manufacturers); suppliers of fuel, catering, and on-board service equipment; and waste management contractors.
Customers: We engage with customers on sustainability topics, and respond to a growing number of ESG questionnaires, including those on internationally recognised platforms like EcoVadis and CDP.